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Posted by: beagle, January 25th, 2012, 6:18pm
I reformatted my hard drive today because after running several scans using A1 Cleaner hundreds of temp files were not being cleaned.  95% of these are in the All Temp Folders and I'm at a loss why A1 is not taking care of this.

I assumed that after doing a complete reformat that I'd be starting "over again" with a clean computer.

Currently it says: All Temp files (585 problems) taking up 230 MB

What is the All Temps Folder?
Why is A1 not cleaning these?
How do I get rid of them since A1 identifies them as problems and they're taking up needed space?
If these are folders that are not empty, how do I find out what they are and if I even need them?

This has never happened before and A1 has always been doing a good cleaning job.

Here's an example of what is remaining:

C\Windows\winsxs\Temp\Pending Delete\$$DeleteMe.authz.dll.olc85bd60fd78d74.00b4

Another example:


What are these and why will A1 not delete them.  There are hundreds of them.

Thanks for any help.
Posted by: Ray, January 26th, 2012, 7:46am; Reply: 1
    "All Temp Folders" is all folders on your computer that are named Temp.  "All Temp Folders" deletes everything in all of the Temp folders.
    It is possible that Windows is not allowing A1Click to delete those files.  The file locations that you listed are files that Windows has designated to be deleted in the future.
Posted by: beagle, January 26th, 2012, 12:41pm; Reply: 2
Do you know how I get windows to delete these and why would this issue come up only recently?    I've been using Windows Vista for 4 years and A1 during that time with no problems like this.
Posted by: Ray, January 27th, 2012, 7:34am; Reply: 3
   From what I could find, there is no way to get Windows to delete them.  Many other people have the same problem.  I don't know why it just came up recently.
Posted by: beagle, January 27th, 2012, 1:31pm; Reply: 4
Thanks for looking into it Ray.  I will continue looking into it.  From what I've discovered so far it appears that Windows eventually deletes these files after about a week.  Since I was having problems with Windows Updates and required intervention by Microsoft several changes were made on my computer.  Ultimately they did a complete reformat.  I'm wondering if the reformat has generated all of these "problem" files since I needed to re-install all sorts of applications etc etc.  and after about a week or so perhaps Windows will delete the "problem" temp files.    After all, if they're only temp files they should not really be there.   I'm going to wait a week and then run A1 again and see if they are already gone.  If not.....then I'll contact Microsoft.
Posted by: KiethBen (Guest), July 9th, 2012, 2:34pm; Reply: 5
It is possible that Ms windows is not enabling A1Click to remove those information.  The file places that you detailed are information that Ms windows has specific to be removed in the future.  I was having problems with Ms windows Up-dates and required involvement by Ms several changes were made on my computer.
Posted by: beagle, July 9th, 2012, 4:48pm; Reply: 6
Thanks KeithBen, for taking the time to reply.  I actually found a solution to my problem.  I ended up buying a Mac and 5 months later I am still thrilled with it!   I doubt that I'll return to a PC ever again.  
Posted by: Donwilliams (Guest), November 7th, 2015, 2:49pm; Reply: 7
Hey I have the same problem
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